Summer Heat is Here!

With summer bringing the heat, everyone needs to know how to stay cool. Whether you’re in the best shape of your life, or you’ve been on 65+ trips around the sun. Here are a few helpful tips from the CDC on how to take care of yourself during a heat wave!

  • There were an estimated 7,415 deaths due to heat-related circumstances from 1999 to 2010.
  • The CDC states that these heat-related deaths are preventable, if you following these simple precautions.

You need to make sure to:

  1. Stay cool. Even if that means stopping what you are doing and finding a spot to cool off slowly. If you cool off to quickly, you could send your body into shock from a sudden temperature change.
  2. Remain hydrated with water or a sports drink that offers electrolytes. You will need to replace the electrolytes in your body to help cool off and reset your system.
  3. Stay informed with your areas weather and temperature forecast. If you know that it is going to be an extremely hot day, it would be best to  be prepared.
    • Have a cold non-alcoholic beverage handy.
    • Have a cool towel near to help your body cool off.
    • Try to stay in a shaded area, if at all possible.
  4. If you feel that you are going to be sick due to the heat, stop what you are doing and contact your doctor for help.

There are two main factors that have an effect on you when it comes to extreme heat:

  • High humidity. When the humidity is high, sweat won’t evaporate as quickly, which keeps your body from releasing heat as fast as it may need to.
  • Personal factors. Age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn, and prescription drug and alcohol use can play a role in whether a person can cool off enough in very hot weather.

There are four main groups that are at a higher risk for heat-related illnesses. It is best to monitor these groups of people when they are in your care:

  1. People who are of the age 65 or older.
  2. Children under the age of two years-old.
  3. People with a chronic disease.
  4. People with a mental illness.

Some simple questions to ask them, or make sure of for them are:

  • Are they drinking enough water?
  • Do they have access to air conditioning?
  • Do they need help keeping cool?

Some precautions for not only people at a higher risk of heat-related illnesses, but anyone who will be in the extreme heat are:

  • Find an air-conditioned building. If your home is without air-conditioning, stay in public facilities as much as possible. If your vehicle has air-conditioner, use it as much as possible.
  • Do not only rely on a fan as your primary cooling option. A fan only distributes the hot air to keep it moving, and it is not a source of cool air.
  • Drink as much water as possible, not only when you feel thirsty.
  • Find a “Heat Wave Buddy”. Check in on your buddy, and have them check in on you. Use each other to make sure that you both make it through the extreme heat without a heat-related illness.
  • Try to keep from using the stove or oven in your house to cook. It will only cause you and your house to stay warmer, and not allow anything to cool off.

Even if you are young, healthy and in the best shape of your life, you still run a risk of suffering from a heat-related illness. If at all possible, try not to participate in strenuous physical activities during extreme heat.

  • Try to stay inside during midday when the temperature is the highest. If it is not possible for you to stay indoors, try to keep your physical activities to a minimum.
  • Make sure to have plenty of sunscreen handy, and also reapply as recommended.
  • When participating in activities, start slow. Gradually allow yourself to become accustomed to the heat before going full force into an activity.
  • Drink PLENTY of water / sports drinks throughout the day, even if you are not thirsty at the time. A lack of hydration can lead to muscle cramping, and that may be an early sign of a heat-related illness.
  • Make sure to dress appropriate for the activities you are participating in. Wear loose-fitting clothing that is lightweight and light-colored.

If you play a summer sport, make sure to protect yourself and keep an eye on teammates. If possible:

  • Try to have practices or workouts during the cooler parts of the day. Early morning or later in the afternoon are better choices than midday.
  • Use the “Heat Wave Buddy” system between you and your teammates. Keep each other safe and in line with the safety precautions.
  • Make contact with a doctor or medical provider if you or a teammate has any symptoms of a heat-related illness.
  • There is a CDC course that can help you look for signs of heat-related illnesses.

Here are a few steps, from the CDC, that are good for any and everyone to keep in mind to keep safe in the extreme heat:

  • Stay in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as possible.
  • Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully.
    • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and sunscreen.
    • Pace yourself.
  • Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
  • Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
  • Never leave children or pets in cars.
  • Check the local news for health and safety updates.

 

The original article can be found here: CDC Extreme Heat Information

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2014 Greenfield Fire Prevention Festival, Greenfield, Tennessee!

October 6-11, 2014:

The 26th Annual Fire Prevention Festival
Greenfield, Tennessee


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Scroll down for the full schedule of events!

This year, the Grand Marshal will be the Vietnam Veterans from the 1963-1975 Conflict. We want to honor and welcome home the Veterans from Greenfield who were born, raised, and went to school in Greenfield. We want to thank them for their service to our community and to our country. Any Veteran who would like to ride in the parade, please contact the Greenfield Fire Department at 731-235-2645 and leave a message so that we may register you for that day.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
*  Senior Citizens Center Chili Luncheon at Park Pavilion. Menu will be chili, dessert, and drink for $6.00.  Contact is Billy Godwin: 731-235-2815.  Donations will be accepted for a country ham to be given away on Saturday, October 11 at noon.  Chances are $1.00 each. All money goes to the Nutrition Site and Senior Citizens Center.

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
*  Greenfield Booster Club to selling BBQ sandwiches in the middle block.

3:00 p.m.  – 11:00 p.m.
*  Popes Concessions will be open Tuesday, October 6th through Saturday, October 11th, from 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.  They will have cotton candy, sausages, corndogs, burgers, etc.  Come on by!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

6:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
* Fire Prevention Festival Kick-off Breakfast at the Greenfield City Park Pavilion
Sponsored by New Involvement Club. Enjoy country ham, eggs, homemade biscuits and gravy, coffee and juice with all proceeds to go to American Cancer Society. Advance tickets are available. Contact: Opal Tharpe at 731-588-3899, or Elaine McDonald at 731-571-1368

3:00 p.m.  – 11:00 p.m.
*  Popes Concessions will be open Tuesday, October 6th through Saturday, October 11th, from 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.  They will have cotton candy, sausages, corndogs, burgers, etc.  Come on by!

Wednesday Night (Tentatively)
*  Popes Concessions and rides will be setup in the middle block with rides for the kids and family.  They will be open tentatively Wednesday through Saturday Night.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. –
*  The Greenfield Fire Department will be sponsoring a spaghetti supper – $7.00 per plate.  Supper will be held at the Greenfield Elementary School Cafeteria. Fundraiser proceed to be used to buy equipment.  Contact is Ray Ann Dudley at 731-235-3803 or any member of the Fire Department

3:00 p.m.  – 11:00 p.m.
*  Popes Concessions will be open Tuesday, October 6th through Saturday, October 11th, from 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.  They will have cotton candy, sausages, corndogs, burgers, etc.  Come on by!

Thursday Night (Tentatively)
*  Popes Concessions and rides will be setup in the middle block with rides for the kids and family.  They will be open tentatively Wednesday through Saturday Night.
NOTICE :   ARMBAND SPECIAL PRICE ON THURSDAY:
You must bring 3 or more canned goods to get a $7.00 price for armbands.
This special price has been partially paid for by donations from the merchant community of Greenfield. The canned goods will go towards Sacks Food Pantry, a community sponsored outreach providing food for needy families in the Greenfield area.  The pantry is a member agency of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee in Nashville and RIFA Food Bank in Jackson, Tennessee.  Sacks Food Pantry operates out of Sacks Thrift Avenue (resale shop), 2161 N. Meridian Street, Greenfield and is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 to 5.  For more info, contact Wendell Jellison at 731-514-6397.

 

Friday, October 10, 2014

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
* Rotary Club Porkchop Dinner, held at the Greenfield School Cafeteria. To go orders available. Contact any Rotarian for info.

3:00 p.m.  – 11:00 p.m.
*  Popes Concessions will be open Tuesday, October 6th through Saturday, October 11th, from 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.  They will have cotton candy, sausages, corndogs, burgers, etc.  Come on by!

Friday Night (Tentatively)
*  Popes Concessions and rides will be setup in the middle block with rides for the kids and family.  They will be open tentatively Wednesday through Saturday Night.  Friday night armband price is $10.00 per person.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Concessions will be available by the Greenfield Booster Club and Meridian Church. The Greenfield Booster Club will be selling Bar-B-Que by the pound. Located on the corner across from the Greenfield Banking Co.

7:00 a.m. –
*  Vendor set up at the Greenfield Fire Station and on streets
*  Registration for 5K Run begins under American Flag in front of Greenfield Banking Co.

8:00 a.m. –
*  Annual 5K Run will begin at 8:00 a.m. in front of Greenfield Banking Co. under the American Flag with registration beginning at 7:00 a.m.  For more info, contact is Keith Tucker at 731-235-9027. Entry fee is $20. T-shirts for all participant runners. 1st place trophies for overall male and female, 1st place trophies for master male and female, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each age group. Age groups in 5 year increments.  All proceeds go toward Project Graduation.
*  12th Annual Arts and Crafts Show held at the Mini-Park and in the middle block downtown Greenfield.  Set-up Saturday by 8:00 a.m., October 11. Space is limited. Reservations : call Greenfield Banking Co. at 731-235-2207 and  ask for Alice Ann Yeargin. There is no fee for booth space. No provisions for bad weather. Vendors are not allowed under awning.

9:00 a.m. –
*  Open House begins at Greenfield Fire Station with Antique Fire Trucks Display.  Children can meet Smokey the Bear, Fire Pup, and take free fire truck rides.
*  All exhibits  and displays open
*  Various groups and organization bake sales on Front Street
*  Greenfield merchants sidewalk sale
*  Finger printing of  children for ages 1 – 12 years:
Conducted by the TN Masons Lodge #159, and assisted by Weakley County Sheriff’s Department and TNCHIP Program
*  LIFELINE Blood Mobile 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Free blood pressure checks on the blood mobile.
*  Air EVAC helicopter arrives
*  Dr. Nathan Porter Library Used Book Sale until 1:00 p.m.
*  Tennessee National Guard 1171st Trans. Co. / 230th Engineering Battalion Pedal Car Display
*  Hospital Wing Helicopter from Memphis on display until 12 noon.
*  Carnival in the south block with rides for all ages.

10:00 a.m.  –
*  K-9  Demo Tennessee State Bomb and Arson will demonstrate their skills.  Unit will Display their Equipment.
*  Princess Tea Party from 10 – 11 a.m. in the Greenfield Community Room —  This event is for ages 4-8 years. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Pre-registration is required at Greenfield City Hall. There are only 30 spots available. This event is sponsored by Mayor Cindy McAdams.
*  Fire truck rides in middle block

10:30 a.m.  –
*  Madison County Fire Department  Display and demonstrate Rescue 5

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. –
*  Meridian Church will have a hamburger meal for cost of $6.00. They will be located in the middle block. Contact is Sherman Perry: 731-514-6783

11:00 a.m.
*  Hospital Wing arrives and Air EVAC departs

11:15 a.m.
*  Bag Pipes play in front of Greenfield Fire Station

11:30 a.m.
*  Emergency drivers meeting in front of station.   All apparatus drivers need to attend.

12:00 noon
*  Drawing for Country Ham Giveaway, Greenfield Senior Citizens Center (from October 7 Luncheon)
*  Parade line up on Evergreen Street, starting at Greenfield Products Road headed south along the west side of the street.  (Right side of street.) This is for General Public.  Invitations extended to all floats, cars, trucks, horses, and walking entries. All four wheelers and ATVs will only be allowed if the driver is 18 years of age or older.  Bagpipe Band will perform during the parade.  For more info, contact Elaina Miller or Lorre Stout at Greenfield Banking Co. – 731-235-2207.  If you have questions about horse entries, call Danny Powell at 731-235-3997.  You will be required to have a negative Coggins test to put your livestock in the parade.

12:30 p.m.
*  All Emergency Apparatus leave for Parade line up.

1:00 p.m.
*  Parade starts

3:00 p.m.  – 11:00 p.m.
*  Popes Concessions will be open Tuesday, October 6th through Saturday, October 11th, from 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.  They will have cotton candy, sausages, corndogs, burgers, etc.  Come on by!

5:00 p.m.  – 7:00 p.m.
*  Relay for Life Dinner in center block.

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
*  Relay for Life Luminary and Torch of Hope Service – Rescheduled from cancellation in June.  Contact is Diane Croom or any Relay team member.

9:00 p.m.
*  Fireworks display can be viewed looking North on Front Street. Look toward water tower.

Saturday Night (Tentatively)
*  Popes Concessions and rides will be setup in the middle block with rides for the kids and family.  They will be open tentatively Wednesday through Saturday Night.

ALL INTERESTED VENDORS:  Please click here for the Vendor Letter from Chairman Bob Dudley

ALL EMERGENCY PERSONNEL PLANNING TO ATTEND:  Please click here and respond by 9-26-14

More events will be added to this schedule as they become available.